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Winsor McCay Ranked

by Tristan Ettleman

Winsor McCay was one of the great animation and comic pioneers. The creator of the Little Nemo in Slumberland and Dream of the Rarebit Fiend strips, his naturalistic, incredibly imaginative animation style in film is said to have been unparalleled until Disney’s advancements in the 1930s. Below, I’ve ranked each of McCay’s animated films, which he was pressured to stop work on by his employer, William Randolph Hearst, in order to focus on his editorial illustrations. Included are his fragmentary works, which are amazing in spite of their relative incoherence.